This could be some wonderful news to pass onto your loved ones. Or you could tell the wife.

Smear tests may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a breakthrough that could allow women to check their risk of developing cervical cancer without needing to visit the doctor.

Researchers say a simple self-sample urine test may soon be a viable screening method, having developed a way to identify potentially dangerous pre-cancerous cells by analysing urine and vaginal samples.